A total of 42 Boy Scouts earned coin collecting merit badges at the 32nd annual Milwaukee Boy Scout Coin Collecting Clinic held March 31.
The clinic has been sponsored and organized by the Milwaukee Numismatic Society for the past three decades and is usually held in the spring in conjunction with the South Shore Coin Club’s three-day annual show.
The clinic gives boys 12 to 16 years old a four-hour basic introduction to numismatics. Subjects covered include coin and paper money manufacture, coin basics and terminology, coin storage, identification, mints and mintmarks, designer’s initials, the state quarter program, coin grading, paper currency basics and the function of the Federal Reserve.
To complete the requirements, scouts are required to bring with them specific coins from their collections and attend a coin show.
Upon arrival, each boy was presented with a bag full of coins and a magazine or coin album, and throughout the program scouts earned additional prizes. All gifts were donated to the MNS by dealers and numismatic organizations.
“The 2012 program was very well-received by the boys, their troop leaders and several parents who attended,” said Leon Saryan, MNS president. “One boy came up at the end of the program to express his appreciation, and told us that, out of the 45 different merit badges that he has earned thus far, this program was one of the most enjoyable he had attended.”
Saryan was this year’s principal speaker and Jon Williams served as clinic coordinator. Roger Lick discussed coin grading, Dave Hunsicker spoke about mintmarks and Lee Hartz presented on paper money and the Fed.
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Other volunteers included MNS YN members Peter Caddell and Jason Paonessa, who served as speaker assistants, and several test graders: Steve Scheil, Dave Zaniewski, Henry Jaworsky, Betty Petrovick, Joe Paonessa, Gary Bieringer and Bruce Bartelt.
For more about the MNS, visit www.milwaukeenumismaticsociety.com.